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Old 09-23-2005, 05:56 AM   #21
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Default Re: Is a Sportster Too Small?

A monkey f'n a what? Man, that's salty.



That pretty much describes where I work.



Another good one is "Chinese fire drill" and the fabled "soup sandwich".



But the monkey thing is the best. Use it all the time.
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:06 AM   #22
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If it must be HD, get the cheapest 883. Upgrade as desired to match your increasing street riding skills. Suggest you wait a year before bolting on 1200 jugs. You have taken the MSF course haven't you?



Please don't become another statistic -- big guys with big skill deficiencies getting big bikes and killing themselves.
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:23 AM   #23
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can't you hot rod the 883 quite a bit?
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:41 AM   #24
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The Sportster is arguably the only Harley made -- with the possible exception of the VRSC line -- that ISN'T a chick bike.
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:42 AM   #25
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An old guy told me I was "all over that thing like ugly on an ape" at a stop light the other day.......I 'bout fell over laughing
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:42 AM   #26
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Default Re: Is a Sportster Too Small?

yes you can. but...

is it worth the $5,000. it'll cost you to get real world performance?

there are quick easy ways too. 1200 kit, for one.

I've got an '05 Duc. 999.. so.. it's not something I need.

I still enjoy ripping up the twisties and showing the young boy racers what a rider can do.. on the 883R... despite the bike you ride
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:44 AM   #27
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I just have one comment. I rode an ironhead sportster ('79, I think it was) and it road on the back tire. Someone made the comment that the 21" wheel rides squirly. That's probably true. It just seems there's not enough weight on the frontend. I have a'92 FLHS and it has more weight (everywhere) on the frontend and handles amazingly well. Check out an EVO Harley before you buy - they're not that big.



Harley's are great bikes. They make a great hobby - you can fiddle with them forever or just ride them. They have a cadence at freeway speeds that I've never felt on any other bike - great road bikes.
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:47 AM   #28
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I agree. Get a used sportster 883 and spend $1200 getting larger jugs and an aftermarket seat. It'll perform better, be cheaper, and be cheaper to insure. Call around to different places for insurance since it varies quite a bit on sportsters from company to company.

If you buy a 1200 it'll be $2000 more than the 883. You'll replace the pipes, air cleaner, jet kit and stuff anyway so buy the 883 & save $.
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:23 AM   #29
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I dunno, was at a HD dealer and the Sporty 1200's looked big enough for Burl Ives even.



Dig that motor. And if you've been riding a 125 at your size, the 1200 will feel like a streched caddy. Go for it.
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:49 AM   #30
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One solution to your problem might be to pick up a used Jap bike like an older Suzuki GS 850 (probably will cost you $1000, and won't depreciate further), learn to ride it well enough that your friends will let you ride their bikes. It's competent, handles well, is about as fast as the Harley's, but doesn't look like much. When you're a skilled rider you get the chance to ride many different bikes and can pick the one that works for you based on your skills and knowledge as a rider.
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